Documents show $10M moved from FEMA to ICE


Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) released documents late Tuesday showing that the Trump administration transferred almost $10 million away from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just ahead of hurricane season in order to fund the White House's cruel family separation and deportation efforts. "We have a president who cares more about locking up families seeking asylum and putting kids in cages than ensuring FEMA has every resource necessary to prepare for and respond to disasters", Mississippi Rep.

"That has not impacted our situation whatsoever", Byard said.

On Thursday, she attacked Yoder for the FEMA fund transfer.

"Doing something unethical is not part of my DNA and it's not part of my track record in my whole entire career", said Long, who leads the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"The job that FEMA and law enforcement and everybody did working along with the governor in Puerto Rico, I think was tremendous", Trump said.

Where did that money come from?

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported that claim on Tuesday and the story was picked up by many other left-wing media outlets as fact, even as a spokesman from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - the agency over FEMA - said the report was inaccurate. "And look what we've had since, a hurricane just barely miss Hawaii". The cuts to FEMA will "curtail training, travel, public engagement sessions, IT security support and infrastructure maintenance, and IT investments in the legacy grants systems for transition to the Grants Management Modernization Program".

Newly revealed documents show the Trump administration took almost $10 million away from FEMA and other federal agencies apparently to pay for immigration detention centers.

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After that point, it would be hard for people in the storm's path to either finish preparations or flee affected areas. The Atlantic reports, "Since records began, only 10 major hurricanes have made landfall around the Carolinas".

Merkley points to a document he obtained from The Department of Homeland Security during a June visit to the border which shows the agency reallocating $10 million from FEMA to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and, to a lesser extent, the U.S. Secret Service.

Among the $10 million used to be coming from FEMA lessons including "Response and Recovery", "Mitigation" and "Preparedness and Security" - lessons that enact non-public some catastrophe response work nevertheless also quilt the administrative costs that scuttle into such work.

Merkley's communications director Ray Zaccaro slammed the President for "stripping money from FEMA to pay for locking up families at the border" in a statement issued Wednesday. Instead, it was money from an administrative account, and there is $25.6 billion in FEMA Disaster Relief Fund.

Houlton added that "the money in question - transferred to ICE from FEMA's routine operating expenses - could not have been used for hurricane response due to appropriation limitations". "DHS/FEMA stand fiscally and operationally ready to support current and future response and recovery needs", Tyler Q. Houlton wrote on Twitter.

Funds are regularly transferred among government departments. Other agencies had money moved around.

Other Democratic lawmakers called the reallocation "shameful".

The transfer was approved by the Republican chairs of the House and Senate Homeland Security appropriations subcommittees, but not by the rest of the subcommittees' members.

The CNN also received a copy of the document from the Democrat's office. The investigation includes, but may not be limited to, travel using government resources, and that would include the administrator's travel in government vehicles on the taxpayer's dime, the source told CNN. A source at DHS told Pegues the funds were transferred to ICE for adult detention beds, not to house children.